Update on Meacham Complex fire

August 24 – Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) began managing the Meacham Complex on Friday, August 21, 2020. The Meacham Complex of fires includes the Hager Ridge Fire, Horse Fire, 896 (Horseshoe Ridge) Fire, and other smaller fires located approximately twenty five miles east/southeast of Pendleton, Oregon. In addition to those fires, Mike Almas’ IMT…

Use caution if family members test positive for COVID

Press release from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Mission, OR. – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Incident Command Team urges residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to exercise caution when interacting with those who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Over the past week, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center identified six people who tested…

Oregon testing rate stabilizes

August 25 – Oregon Health Authority released its Weekly Testing Report today, which showed that as of August 22, Oregon’s cumulative positive testing rate is 4.5 percent of people tested. This is considerably lower than the national average of 9 percent. Of the 24,177 people tested the week of Aug. 16-22, 1,233 (5.1%) were positive. The total for that week…

Yellowhawk to begin providing further COVID-19 testing

From the CTUIR Incident Command Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2020 MISSION – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) will begin providing further testing for enrolled Tribal Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) while resources and capacity for providing this testing can be sustained. An appointment is required for all testing done at Yellowhawk. Testing needs have been…

Native American Activists See Purpose with Black Lives Matter

By Brian Bull/Opinion for Underscore For more than a century, “The Pioneer” stood tall on his pedestal on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. With his bushy beard, boots, and buckskin, he struck many Oregonians as the embodiment of frontier courage and determination, representative of settlers who traveled thousands of miles to tame the Wild West and build a…